A voicehearer’s path ~

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Halloween ~

Greetings! This is such a fun holiday for the children. I love the silliness and the scariness and the costumes, it can be loads of fun. I did not always feel that way. I was in the Fundamentalist movement for a number of years, and was taught this was the Devil’s Day. Since I have come to the realization that we carry the darkest twists within ourselves, I have learned to feel that this is a time to teach the children to laugh at the dark, and give it no power over their own psyche. So, I would caution parents to supervise their children, there really are twisted souls out there, but to have fun with the kids and enjoy the evening!

Su

How totems work, at least for me ~

It seems best to start with Wagle Shun, my south totem teacher. I have felt her presence since I was a small child and will admit that it is her wisdom that has kept me from crashing on the rocks during the early part of my journey. Since she is the totem of the mystic, there is every reason to suspect that this is why I followed that path. Whenever I see one of those wonderful little figurines of her in a home I visit, I start asking the questions that will tell me if the person that collects them is one of her students. I start with her because her gentle guidance is available to everyone if she is who I believe her to be.

Proverbs is full of mention of her, most especially the eighth chapter. It is also full of mention of her opposite number, Folly, whose animal I am unsure of. I believe Wagle Shun is my teacher’s totem, and is most certainly the way she communicates with me. It is she who first taught me not to envy others the things that are theirs by birth, which, once I knew my birth totem was a good chuckle, since that is the raven, and a reminder of Aesop’s fables. Who knows, maybe I am folly and am finally allowing Wisdom to teach me. That would certainly be the way my life has gone, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it were at least an allegorical truth.

These two totems, along with the Snowy Owl and the butterfly have drawn me from early youth. I have had some strong lessons to learn from them. Note the amount of airy totems, which is where my head usually is and then it will be no surprise to you that I had to learn from another totem, one that had drawn me but I had not explored the lessons, the otter, how to stay grounded, balanced and playful. If you understand that the animals as the Native American sees them, are teachers, not G-ds, they can teach you also.

You can start out by looking at the animals that drew your attention in childhood, what were they trying to teach you? Even domestic animals have lessons to teach so do not discredit their influence in your life lessons. If you cannot remember being drawn to any wild ones, there is another, rather slightly off-beat way to learn about totems that have to do with you personally. Everyone is familiar with astrology, some believe in it, some don’t. That’s fine, I will not try to persuade you one way or the other, but it is a tool, should you choose to use it, that can lead you to the knowledge of at least four of the animals that will have been a fairly strong influence in your life.

First go to Alabe.com, look down the page to where you can pull a free birth chart. Enter your data there, save the chart on your computer, it will be a gif image, and save the write-up in a Word document, or other word processing software. (Open Office is free on the web and does all that Microsoft’s does without spending an arm and a leg.) When you have them on your own computer where you can study them, pick out the “houses” that are your birth sign (your character), your moon sign (your inner self), your rising sign (your outward projection for others to see) and the North Node, which will tell you where you are headed in your learning patterns.

After you have found the astrological “houses” involved for your birth, look at Sun Bear’s Dancing with the Wheel. It can be found at most Public Libraries if you cannot afford it, but is a wonderful book to have if you are interested in Native American cosmology at all, so I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the money if you have it. You will find the totems for those four “houses” in that workbook, and full explanations of the lessons those four animals have to teach you. It is not quite the same as having a “Medicine” teacher find your totems for you, but is a good way to start with learning about totems.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times ~

While I applaud the concept behind much that is being done to throw down old barriers to health care {Dr.s without Boundaries} and other good works that aim at getting behind the walls that have been placed by despots for control of their people, there is an air of the extreme about today’s world that begs for the very disorder that is the Psychiatric dish of the day, i.e. Bipolarism.

This is a wonderful time for people like myself, who prefer to live alternate lifestyles. We are not pushed by society to be something we are not. I never married, it is not that I was not asked, it was that I was drawn to the bad boys. They make fun companions, lousy husbands and worse fathers. As long as you do not expect a long term commitment from them they are wonderfully fun and funny, even when it is they that ask for the commitment.

Yet, there are many in our world who do not thrive in a time where limits are the taboo, and putting boundaries on your life can make you unpopular. I have long thought that the controls of, say, the church, are fine as long as they are not mandatory for everyone. If those controls are the way a person wishes to live, there is nothing wrong with that, just don’t make it law for everyone to live that way. That, however, has not been how it has worked out over the centuries.

We are not a species that easily finds its balance in life, many of us are workaholics, others are drug addicts, many have found their thrills in unprotected sexual activities.  There are many self-medicators who need a glass of wine daily; there is nothing wrong with that as long as it stays at a glass and doesn’t become a bottle daily and starts to interfere with one’s life. And therein lies the rub, eh? We allow our cravings to run our lives and then we are in trouble.

So, is there an answer?

Well, yes, but it is not easy, and I cannot say how each of us will go about doing it. For generations out of mind, society has served as an exoskeleton, bracing us up in ways that were such that we did not have to grow our own bone structure and stand on our own. That exoskeleton has weakened, and in many places crumbled. It is time to find our individual internal bones and strengthen them so that we can stand without the bracing of societal rule to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

Talk about a difficult task!

This is actually where Buddhism has an advantage over Christianity or any other “faith”. In almost all faiths, one is not taught to seek inner strength and purpose, but to look to the deity for one’s rescue. I believe in G-d, so this was not much of a problem for me, but one does not need to believe in a deity to follow the Buddha’s teachings. One needs only to desire internal and true happiness and to be willing to follow the Buddha’s recommendations toward that end.

Let me be fair, here. Christianity, as with Judaism,  the Muslims, and many others has a wide variety of groups within the whole, some of those groups do indeed teach discipline and study. Some teach discipline for all, others only teach this for the group that is part of the inner sanctum. This is also true of Buddhism. So the main difference between the Buddha’s path and Y’shua’s path is the belief in Hashem. Actually, the more I learned of Buddha’s path, the more I realized it is the only difference.

If you study the four gospels, counting Y’shua as a wise teacher from whom you wish to learn, instead of thinking of him as a magical pill you swallow that makes you “whole”, you will find that his teachings bear an uncanny resemblence to the Buddha’s teachings from 500 years before in the orient, 1000’s of miles to the East.

Essentially, Y’shua was teaching how to most sincerely and certainly please a high and holy God via release of worldy attachments, service and humility. Buddha was teaching a path toward inner joy via release of worldly attachments, service and humility. They are the same path, simply two diametrically opposite perspectives. And as the saying goes, one can have it all, as one can please God most high, while at the same time, finding true happiness. Hm, and we can even find balance from the extremes by following Buddha’s middle way.

Vain repetitions ~

Y’shua spoke of this just once, I believe, as it is recorded, but it has influenced many to believe that memorized prayer is wrong. I don’t believe that is what he meant. When he said do not do as the “pagans” do, I would like to know the practices of pagans in that area of the world. He would have been aware of Buddhism and Hinduism and the Egyptian cosmology, as well as indigenous faiths from Africa, so what was he most likely to have been referring to?

One of the things he was NOT referring to was the repetition of memorized prayers said daily in earnest. He was specific that this was a pagan practice, And since it is fairly obvious there are other places where he was deliberately misquoted, I do wonder what he really said there . . . . . . .regardless, repeating formal prayers was not what he meant. The Shema is repeated 3 times a day by the devout among his fellows and is a beautiful prayer.

Cover your eyes with your right hand and say:
Sh’ma Yis-ra-eil, A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu, A-do-nai E-chad.

Whisper:
Ba-ruch sheim k’vod mal-chu-to l’o-lam va-ed.

V’a-hav-ta eit A-do-nai E-lo-he-cha,
B’chawl l’va-v’cha,
u-v’chawl naf-sh’cha,
u-v’chawl m’o-de-cha.
V’ha-yu ha-d’va-rim ha-ei-leh,
A-sher a-no-chi m’tsa-v’cha ha-yom, al l’va-ve-cha.
V’shi-nan-tam l’-va-ne-cha, v’di-bar-ta bam
b’shiv-t’cha b’vei-te-cha,
uv-lech-t’cha va-de-rech,
u-v’shawch-b’cha uv-ku-me-cha.
Uk-shar-tam l’ot al ya-de-cha,
v’ha-yu l’to-ta-fot bein ei-ne-cha.
Uch-tav-tam, al m’zu-zot bei-te-cha, u-vish-a-re-cha.

There is more to it than this brief paragraph, but this is the transliteration of a prayer said morning, noon and night among the Ivrit.

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

(Praised be the name of the glory of God’s sovereignty for ever and ever)

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

If, then, you obey the commandments that I enjoin upon you this day, loving the Lord your God and serving Him with all your heart and soul, I will grant the rain for your land in season, the early rain and the late. You shall gather in your new grain and wine and oil–I will also provide grass in the fields for your cattle–and thus you shall eat your fill. Take care not to be lured away to serve other gods and bow to them. For the Lord’s anger will flare up against you, and He will shut up the skies so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its produce; and you will soon perish from the good land that the Lord is giving you. Therefore impress these My words upon your heart and in your soul, bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead, and teach them to your children–reciting them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up; and inscribe them on the door­posts of your house and on your gates– to the end that you and your children may endure, in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them, as long as there is a heaven over the earth.

So, the refusal to say repeated prayers or the accusation that the rosary or other uses of prayer beads are vain repetitions misses the mark. Saying the “Our Father” as often as you want to say it is NOT vain repetition, at least not if you say it mindfully when you repeat it.

I believe that that indeed was what the Master was referring to, repetition of words without contemplating in your heart the meaning of them each time you say them. If you will refer to the Sermon on the Mount it is inescapable that the Rabboni felt that words have a power of their own, and saying words without truly contemplating in your heart their meaning in your life and the way you live would have irritated him a bit. Don’t do that, say your prayers mindfully and focus on Spirit when you pray. I do believe that’s all that was meant by that, nothing more, nothing less.

Orange ~

Orange, the combination of yellow and red, is considered a secondary color on the old color wheels, everything is changing, shifting under our very feet, so let’s go see what Wikipedia has to say about this color.

The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 585 – 620 nm, and has a hue of 30° in HSV colour space. The complementary colour of orange is azure, a slightly greenish blue. Orange pigments are largely in the ochre or cadmium families, and absorb mostly blue light.

Here is a wonderful work-up on the color and it’s meanings. It is a vibrant color, denoting warmth, cheerfulness, the autumn leaves, pumpkins at Halloween and Thanksgiving, the energy of the sun, and playfulness. It symbolizes purity and innosence in the Orient, and may be the symbology of the saffron robes of the Buddhist Monks.

Violet ~

Good grief! Even purple is controversial! I guess it just goes to show how UN-peaceful we are as a species. Purple is considered a non-spectral color, it is violet that is the spectral color, and purple is a shade of violet. Since the word violet means purple that may be splitting hairs lengthwise. Anyway, it’s a pretty color, and as strong a darker color as yellow is on the lighter side, a little going a long way in a color scheme. According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. It is said that purple is suggestive of controlled passion, seriousness and creativity.

From Wikipedia ~

Violet in culture

Art

Food

Literature

Metaphysics

  • In the metaphysics of the “New Age Prophetess”, Alice Bailey, in her system called the Seven Rays which classifies humans into seven different metaphysical psychological types, the “seventh ray” of “Ceremonial Order” is represented by the color violet. People who have this metaphysical psychological type are said to be “on the Violet Ray”.[8]

Parapsychology

Religion

Purple is a color that has long been associated with royalty, at one time, it seems, it was not permitted for the masses to appear in purple clothing. {Gee, I’m glad I live in this wild and wooly age where there are at least areas in the world where a person can do what they want. we won’t be truly free until we are all free, but that’s another post.} Most shades of violet are associated with the crown chakra, so it is a color of Spirit.

Yellow ~

Such a bright and beautiful color, so cheerful, so uplifting, and a little really does go a long way. My mother had diabetic retinopathy so that many of the cones in her eyes were damaged. The one color she could see clearly was yellow, so she always wanted yellow around her. Gads, it was too much, but for Mama, well, you know how that is.

The color yellow is associated with knowledge, sunshine (of course), and the flourishing of all living things, because of fall color changes in the leaves it is also associated with maturity and fall itself. It is a warm color, so is associated often with joy and cheerfulness.  It is also often used for baby shower gifts, as it is light and cheerful, and unisex, unlike pink or blue. Because it is a bright, eye catching color it is often used on warning signs to keep people safe. In the old color understanding it was considered a primary color, though I see some of the newer information puts it as a secondary.

On it’s negative side it is often thought to indicate deceit and cowardice, and it is also considered an unstable and spontaneous color, which are good or bad depending on the context.

From Wikipedia ~

Process yellow (also known as pigment yellow, printer’s yellow or canary yellow) is one of the three colors typically used as subtractive primary colors, along with magenta and cyan. The CMYK system for color printing is based on using four inks, one of which is a yellow color. This is in itself a standard color, and a fairly narrow range of yellow inks or pigments are used. Process yellow is based on a colorant that reflects the preponderance of red and green light, and absorbs most blue light, as in the reflectance spectra shown in the figure on the lower right.

Because of the characteristics of paint pigments and use of different color wheels, painters traditionally regard the complement of yellow as the color indigo or blue-violet.

Process yellow is not an RGB color, and there is no fixed conversion from CMYK primaries to RGB. Different formulations are used for printer’s ink, so there can be variations in the printed color that is pure yellow ink

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